Weight Loss and Diabetes

We have all heard about weight gain and the possibility of developing diseases around it. On my home page Weight Loss For Women Over 50, I say “as we gain these extra pounds, instead of the weight distributing evenly throughout the body, it tends to accumulate around the abdomen. This extra weight can also lead to medical conditions including insulin resistance (increasing the risk of diabetes)”. Read below for information around weight loss and diabetes.

Making sure you follow your doctor’s orders is very important when you have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are also other things you can do:

1. Discuss the actions you can take with your doctor:Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
Getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it
talk with your doctor to discuss  your specific goal weight
– set  weight goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method
– maintain your weight by eating healthy and being active

Eating healthy
– working with your medical team, create a meal plan to follow on a daily basis
– drink water instead of juices and sodas

Being active
– working with your medical team so that you can set goals to be more active during the week
– you may want to start out with an activity slowly then work your way up in frequency and length of time
– strength training as well as yoga may work well for you

2. Know and understand what diabetes is and what you can do to manage it.
You may or may not have to take medication to control diabetes. Either way, make sure you understand dosages needed and any other pertinent information from your doctor.

See Your Doctor3. While you are the most important member on the team of people that can help you manage,  there are others that you can talk with. Consider asking help from the following:
– dentist
– dietition
– eye doctor
– podiatrist
– friends
– family
– nurse
– social worker
– mental health counselor
– spiritual counselor

Learn all you can about diabetes and know your specific test results around it.
Work closely with your doctor to stay on top of your treatment plan(s) around your results and get tested accordingly.

Make sure you know your numbers and talk with you doctor about them. Find out from him/her what lifestyle changes will be necessary for you to make.

What lifestyle changes have you had to make recently?


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4 thoughts on “Weight Loss and Diabetes

  1. Hello Yvette, this is very informative review on how to stay healthy while diabetes. I have a family member that had diabetes. I say had because with exercise and eating well. The diabetes has reversed. Of course, she has to still keep up with being active and eating well.

    And yes, I definitely agree being active is important. Actually, to keep active my family member always uses her Fitbit to keep track of the steps that she walks within the day. She walks somewhere around 10,000 steps per day. And, it has really helped her progress and maintain her health.

    Eating right, is also important because, it can help maintain the sugar levels while losing weight at the same time.

    You have done a wonderful job in helping others live a happier and healthier life. Awesome Work! Have an awesome day!

    1. Kisha, thank you so much for visiting my blog, for your comments and kind words. How wonderful your family member has reversed the diabetes by activity and losing weight! I applaud your family member for the commitment! By sharing that information, you have given others hope that in some cases, this disease can be reversed. We will continue to work together to spread the word of hope and health. Once again, thank you.

  2. Hello Yvette,
    What a great motivational post on how to stay healthy while dealing with diabetes. I really enjoyed the video also!
    And it was great advice as to how we live our life also.
    And I liked the SMART acronym.
    Great job! You just gave folks some hope!
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Ariel, thank you so much for visiting and the comments. I am so happy you found my post to be helpful and more importantly, hopeful. I look forward to you visiting again soon.

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